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Russian regional authorities announce lockdowns, roadblocks as mercenary forces advance toward Moscow

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A number of Russian areas declared strict safety measures on Saturday as Wagner forces continued their advance towards Moscow.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin issued a flurry of bulletins associated to heightened restrictions within the capital, as regional authorities in Lipetsk acknowledged that Wagner forces had entered their territory within the hours after the mercenary forces claimed to have taken the southern metropolis of Rostov-on-Don. Telegram accounts devoted to Wagner and its chief Yevgeny Prigozhin attacked Russian management, blaming the nation’s high brass for myriad strategic and operational failures.

“A counter-terrorism operation standing has been declared in Moscow,” Sobyanin announced through Telegram. “In reference to this, beforehand introduced mass occasions within the metropolis have been canceled.” He initially denied rumors of roadblocks on the outskirts of Moscow, however shortly thereafter introduced heightened restrictions, together with potential visitors blockages.

“As a way to reduce dangers, I’ve determined … to declare Monday a non-working day — apart from authorities our bodies and companies that require steady operations, protection enterprises, and metropolis companies. I ask that you simply chorus from touring across the metropolis as a lot as potential. There could also be visitors blockages in sure districts and on sure roads,” he said within the later announcement.

Lipetsk area governor Igor Artamonov announced earlier Saturday that Wagner forces had entered the area and urged residents to remain house. He later revealed that roads connecting his area to Moscow have been being “intentionally broken” as a way of stopping visitors movement to the capital.

All through the day, Wagner-related Telegram accounts posted content purporting to point out residents in seized territories welcoming Wagner troops, and messages of assist from all through the country.

The Kremlin has remained largely silent since Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Prigozhin of treason earlier Saturday. Rumors swirled that Putin had fled Moscow, although his whereabouts stay unknown.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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